So, inside: In front of a diverse crowd that appeared to range in age from about six to 60, that rapper, a career MC who has recently emerged as Nicki Minaj’s heir to the ubiquitous guest rap feature, was busy performing a string of mixtape songs and hits from his old group, Playaz Circle, that the audience had no reason to know as well as they did. There was a DJ, wearing neither headphones nor sunglasses correctly, and a couple of hypemen, and that was it. 2 Chainz shouted out the “two cutest girls in the whole crowd” in the front row, who looked to be about eight years old, and then launched into his single “No Lie,” which ended with an extended a cappella repetition of a phrase that most parents would probably not want a man in his thirties yelling in front of their eight-year-old daughters. In front of me, a guy in his twenties who knew all the words was calmly losing his mind. 2 Chainz is a very good rapper.
In case it was unclear why I was posting random Nicki Minaj YouTube tracks last night.